Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Not My Style

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Not My Style

Caroline explains why she showed friends the book, and why she'd do it again.

Hello Again! Well, here we are, at the end of the road...it's been quite a journey to say the very least, I hope that us "Jersey Girls" have entertained you over the past six weeks!

Before I write my blog I just need to address a couple of questions about wardrobe...the grey elephant t-shirt is by Lauren Moshi, the black tunic I wore in AC is by Peppermint Bay, the silk Kimono dress Lauren wore is by Meghan Fabulous...all were purchased at Maluka, in Wyckoff, NJ. You can also see their stuff online at shopmaluka.com.

Also, the white Tunic I wore in the preview show was Trina Turk, the dress I wore on the Z100 interview was also Trina Turk, the blue and green tunic was Tory Burch, the light blue and white tunic was J. Mclaughlin, and all of these items were purchased at BB Clover Boutique in HoHoKus, NJ.

The jewelry I wear on my neck is a "Frog Prince," from Aaron Basha (on Madison Ave. in NYC or Neiman's, Saks.) The other piece is a turquoise and diamond ball that I received as a gift while in the Middle East a few years ago.

As far as my sausage and potato recipe goes, I PROMISE TO POST IT!

I hope I remembered everything...

OK, here goes....

Teresa and Dina going through Teresa's house was nice to see. Teresa and Joe worked very hard to achieve their dream, and I enjoy watching how proud she is of it. Job well done, I wish them nothing but health, happiness, love, and good times for years to come in making their new house a home.

Dina and Lexi are a riot! Did you see all that candy??? Lex, what is up with that?! I'm happy that Dina finally made a decision regarding her career. It was her decision to make, and I applaud her for her courage to walk away from a glamorous career in order to be there for Lexi. It was a sacrifice on her part, and I respect her for that. Let's hope Lexi doesn't drive her nuts!

Someone posted in the blog last week that they were disappointed that Al got At'as from a breeder, rather than adopting. Well, as a matter of fact, I have adopted not one, but two Jack Russels...Harley and Davidson over the past few years. My sister Fran is a HUGE animal activist that is very heavily involved in animal rescues of all types...trust me I know, as she usually brings them over my house to sleep for a day or so until they get adopted!

Atlas was a gift from Al for my birthday last year. He is my gorgeous, dopey, beautiful puppy that I absolutely adore. He is also my protector. Although the scene may look a little extreme, you need to understand the nature of a shepherd - they are a working class dog that thrives on this. This is why shepherds are generally used by the Military and law enforcement. PS. Since taping I have a new member of my family. "Chaos" a female shepherd who is part of a litter that Bernie's dog Duke sired. Bernie and Hala gave me Chaos as a gift this past Christmas.

OK, enough small talk, let's discuss the dinner. First of all I'd like to thank Teresa and Joe again for what was supposed to be a nice dinner among friends. Unfortunately it didn't turn out that way, and it still bothers me to think about it. If you've noticed, I've been very quiet in my blog for the past six weeks in regards to Danielle. I just don't want to discuss her. She is invisible to me. I will say this: I was the one who showed the book, and I showed it to TWO people who are friends of mine. This will be addressed later in the reunion show, so watch and see. It was not done with malice, but out of concern, and fear. Guess what? I'D DO IT AGAIN. I've been getting some comments saying that I should forgive her for her past, and this is true to a degree, but there has been so much behind the scenes that the viewers don't see. My feelings towards Danielle have NOTHING to do with her past, and this too will be addressed in the reunion show. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea that I may have been protecting Dina. If you know anything about me at all, you will know I truly believe that "If you make your bed, you must lie in it." If Dina did in fact show the book I would have let her fight her own battle. She doesn't need me to lie for her, and I wouldn't have. Not my style. There was also a ot of family drama going on that day. This made me cry when I saw it played out on national TV. I will say only this - all is not as it appears. Tune in later...

On a positive note, welcome Nicholas Francis Laurita! You have been a long time coming and we are thrilled to finally meet you! He is absolutely gorgeous. Momma and baby are healthy and happy to be home!

Again, many, many, thanks for watching!

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.